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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Biostatistics

 

Mission  

The mission of the program is to advance the field of biostatistics/public health by training students in applied data analysis in the areas of public health and medicine, through course work, seminars, workshops and practicum training.

 

Description

The MSPH program emphasizes applied data analysis in the areas of public health and medicine, by preparing students to analyze data in a wide range of settings, including industrial health surveillance and research programs; local, state, and federal governmental agencies; pharmaceutical research divisions; university research programs; and consulting firms. Students learn to assist in selecting a design appropriate for the goals of the research, estimate sample size requirements, establish and maintain databases, select and conduct the appropriate statistical analysis, and communicate the results of the analysis orally and in writing in the fields of public health. Coursework concentrates on developing these statistical skills through the use of actual data sets and computerized statistical software packages. 

 

Program Competencies: 

After completing the MSPH degree in Biostatistics, the graduate will be able to:

1.  Incorporate knowledge of the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of health in addressing and solving problems. (BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, GEHS 6030, GHSD 6030, TRMD 6010, GCHB 6030)
2.  Select and conduct appropriate statistical procedures for evaluation of public health intervention and surveillance programs.  (BIOS 6040, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 7250)
3.  Contribute to the design of public health programs by estimating the required sample size and power for program monitoring. (BIOS 6040, BIOS 7080, BIOS 7150, BIOS 7250).
4.  Exhibit proficiency in programming using standard statistical software such as SAS, SPSS and STATA (BIOS 6040, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 6230, BIOS 6240, BIOS 6280)
5.  Design and manage data bases and analysis datasets (BIOS 6040, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 6220, BIOS 6230, BIOS 6240, BIOS 6280)

 
Graduation Requirements:  

1. The program requires a minimum of 42 graduate credits, 200 hours of practicum experience and a culminating experience.

2. All Biostatistics MSPH students are required to complete a field practicum of 200 hours (SPHL 9980).  The description and specific requirements of the practicum, as well as all important deadline information are detailed in the Practicum Handbook given to students. 

3. All MSPH students are also required to complete a culminating experience (SPHL 7950), that draws together the student's classroom learning and practice experiences. This requirement can be satisfied by completing one of the following options: 

      i)  Public Health Analysis Manuscript, described in detail in the Public Health Analysis Outline.
      ii)  Culminating Examination. This is a comprehensive exam in 2 Parts.
           (Part A covers public health core competencies. Part B covers Department specialty).  

4. A minimum overall grade point average as specified in the policy on Academic Standards for the School.   

     

 Course Requirements (42 hours)

MSPH Core Courses

 

(18 hours)

 

Credits

BIOS 6030

 

Introductory Biostatistics

 

3

EPID 6030

 

Epidemiological Methods I

 

3

GEHS 6030

 

Survey of Environmental Health

 

3

GHSD 6030

 

Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management

 

3

TRMD 6010

 

Biological Basis of Disease

 

3

GCHB 6030

 

Social and behavioral aspects of global health

 

3

Biostatistics Core Courses       

 

(18 hours)

 

 

BIOS 6040


Intermediate Biostatistics

 

3

BIOS 7060

 

Regression Analysis

 

3

BIOS 6220

 

Database Management

 

3

BIOS 7080

 

Design of Experiments

 

3

BIOS 7150

 

Categorical Data Analysis

 

3

BIOS 7300

 

Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis

 

3

 

 

OR

 

 

BIOS 7400

 

Clinical Trials

 

3

Elective courses

 

(6 hours)

 

 

BIOS 6230

 

Computer Packages - SAS

 

1

BIOS 6240

 

Computer Packages - SPSS

 

1

BIOS 6280

BIOS 6300

 

Introduction to Stata

Introduction to ArcGIS

 

1

3

BIOS 6350

 

Environmental Biostatistics

 

3

BIOS 7220

 

Nonparametric Statistics

 

3

BIOS 7250

 

Principles of Sampling

 

3

*BIOS 8090

 

Advanced Design of Experiments

 

3

*BIOS 8350

 

Analysis of Longitudinal & Clustered Data

 

3

*BIOS 8500

 

Monte Carlo and Bootstrapping Methods

 

3

*BIOS 8800

 

Applied Data Analysis

 

3

*BIOS 8820

 

Multivariate Methods

 

3

BINF 6010

 

Principles of Bioinformatics

 

3

BINF 7210

 

Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics

 

3

EPID 7120

 

Epidemiologic Methods II

 

3

* Master's students can take the 8000 level doctoral courses with permission of the instructor.

 

 

Model Course Schedule – Fall Entry

Semester

 

Course

 

Credits

Fall 

 

BIOS 6030
EPID 6030
SPHL 6010

 

3
3
3

Spring

 

BIOS 6040
BIOS 6220
GEHS 6030
GCHB 6030

 

3
3
3
3

Summer

 

GHSD 6030
PRACTICUM

 

3

Fall

 

BIOS 7150
BIOS 7300 or 7400
Elective
Elective

 

3
3
3
3

Spring

 

BIOS 7060
BIOS 7080
CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

Total Credits

 

3
3

42

 

Model Course Schedule – Spring Entry

Semester

 

Course

 

Credits

Spring

 

BIOS 6030
EPID 6030
BIOS 6220

 

3
3
3

Summer

 

GHSD 6030
TRMD 6010

 

3
3

Fall

 

BIOS 6040
GCHB 6030
GEHS 6030
Elective

 

3
3
3
3

Spring

 

BIOS 7060
BIOS 7080
Elective

 

3
3
3

Summer

 

PRACTICUM


 

Fall

 

BIOS 7150
BIOS 7300 or BIOS 7400
CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

Total Credits

 

3
3


42

* Bios 6230 is recommended to be taken in the first semester if student does not have prior expertise in SAS. Students can only register for 3 research credits per semester.

Contact:  For more information on the MSPH program in Biostatistics, please contact:

Kathleen Branley, Department Administrator
Phone: (504) 988-2102
Fax: (504) 988-1706
Email: kbranley@tulane.edu

 

 
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Department of Biostatistics, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5164 kbranley@tulane.edu